Chemistry Camp

July 12–15, 2020

Discover the exciting places chemistry can take you in this academically challenging, hands-on introduction to the field. You'll solve a murder-mysterywith chemistry, create your own perfume, or make ice cream with liquid nitrogen. And you'll get your hands on some of our cutting-edge laboratory equipment, like the nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer Bucknell purchased with a grant from the National Science Foundation. You’ll also take classes and receive personalized guidance from our nationally recognized chemistry faculty. All instruction is led by Bucknell professors.


Chemistry Camp Dates: July 12–15, 2020
Application Deadline: April 11, 2020


High school students entering grades 11 or 12 who have completed at least one year of high school chemistry by the start of the camp are eligible to apply. In particular, high school students who are looking to pursue a career in chemistry are encouraged to apply. In order to provide an optimal learning experience, enrollment for the camp is limited to 20 students. Acceptance is based on review of the applicant’s teacher recommendation and student essays.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application form.
  2. Download the Teacher Recommendation Form (pdf) and have your chemistry teacher complete it.
  3. Email the completed Teacher Recommendation Form to

Tuition, Housing and Meals

Tuition for the camp is $745 and includes laboratory materials, housing, all meals, a camp T-shirt, and a dinner on the last day of camp for students, their parents and professors. Students who apply for admission to Bucknell after attending Chemistry Camp will have their University application fee waived.

Students are housed in residence halls on the Bucknell campus with 24/7 supervision by camp counselors. Meals are provided by Bucknell Dining Services. The camp also includes extracurricular activities including sports and friendly academic competitions. All activities are supervised.

Office Information

Pat Martino, chemistry camp coordinator